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Rideau Archives Exhibit: Main Street North Gower

This exhibit is currently closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

City of Ottawa Archives' Rideau Archives and Friends of the Rideau Township Archives invite you to view a new exhibit: Main Street North Gower. Explore the rich heritage of North Gower's 'main drag' through images, artifacts and documents.

6581 Fourth Line Road, North Gower

June 2019 to May 2020

Chains of Office

A Chain of Office symbolizes the mayor's service to the municipality. The chain also symbolizes the strength and diversity of Ottawa communities. The idea comes from the medieval tradition of livery collars where colourful fabric collars, unique to a powerful individual, were worn by their servants for identification. British municipalities began to copy this behaviour in the 1500s. Many Canadian municipalities adopted the practice.

With amalgamation in 2000, a number of Chains of Office used by former municipalities were retired and are now on display.

Location and Hours

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

613-580-2857 (TTY: 613-580-2401)

Open daily 9 am to 8 pm, including holidays.

Free admission.

Wheelchair accessible.

Paid parking available. FREE PARKING available at the City Hall garage on weekday evenings after 6 pm and all day on weekends.

Gifts to the Mayors of Ottawa

This exhibit is currently closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Gifts to the Mayors of Ottawa collection represents symbols of friendship that the City of Ottawa shares with individuals and countries all over the world. The City has a commitment towards the long-term care of this special collection.

The giving of gifts is a ritual that dates to the ancient times when gifts were given as a gesture of goodwill between peoples of different cultures and clans. In the modern world, this important ritual is a formal diplomatic activity between visiting dignitaries.

The City of Ottawa Archives is focused on acquiring, preserving and making accessible Ottawa’s documentary heritage for current residents and for future generations. Since 1977, the Archives has been the official custodian of the gifts to the Mayors of Ottawa. Each gift is catalogued into the Archives’ database, researched and photographed. The gifts that are not currently on display are stored in one of four environmentally controlled vaults.

Location and Hours

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

613-580-2857 (TTY: 613-580-2401)

Open daily 9 am to 8 pm, including holidays.

Free admission.

Wheelchair accessible.

Paid parking available. FREE PARKING available at the City Hall garage on weekday evenings after 6 pm and all day on weekends.

The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights

The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights monument is dedicated to the struggle for fundamental rights and freedoms. The Tribute is located in Nelson Mandela Square on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall, at the intersection of Elgin Street and Lisgar Street.

Location and Hours

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Nelson Mandela Square - Ottawa City Hall grounds (intersection of Elgin Street and Lisgar Street)

613-580-2857 (TTY: 613-580-2401)

Open daily. The monument can be visited 24 hours per day.

Free admission.

Wheelchair accessible.

Paid parking available. FREE PARKING available at the City Hall garage on weekday evenings after 6 pm and all day on weekends.

Special Exhibition | Enduring Bonds: The Story of the Dutch Royal Family in Ottawa

Enduring Bonds: The Story of the Dutch Royal Family in Ottawa commemorates the strong bonds of cooperation and friendship between Ottawa and the Netherlands. The photo exhibit highlights Canadian and Dutch stories of World War II and the safe haven Ottawa provided to the Dutch Royals, including the iconic portraits of the Dutch royal family by renowned portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh.

The exhibit was originally scheduled for 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of the Dutch Royal Family by Yousuf Karsh

Title/Description: H. M. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands with her daughter Princess Juliana, Son-in-Law Prince Bernhard and granddaughters Princesses Beatrix, Irene and Margriet
Photographer: Yousuf Karsh.
Date: 1943
Credit: City of Ottawa Archives | 2009.0409.1/A2010-0467

May 16, 2022 to May 31, 2023

Location and hours:

Ottawa City Hall - Heritage Building
110 Laurier Avenue West
Information: 613-580-2857
TTY: 613-580-2401
NOTE: Exhibition entrance via the Lisgar Street doors.

Open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Free admission. Wheelchair accessible.